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The Big Bad Wolf in My House

A young girl describes what it’s like when her mom’s new friend comes to stay — a friend who is just like the big bad wolf. At first the wolf is sweet and kind to her mom, though the girl notices the wolf’s cold eyes from the very beginning. When her mom arrives home late one day, the wolf suddenly hurls angry words and terrible names at her.

From that day on her mother doesn’t smile anymore. The girl is careful to clean her room and brush her teeth and do everything to keep the peace, but the wolf is unpredictable, throwing plates on the floor, yelling at her mother and holding the girl’s arm so tightly she is left with bruises. Whenever the yelling begins, she hides under the covers in her room. How will she and her mom cope as the wolf becomes increasingly fierce?

In this stunning, metaphorical book about domestic violence, Valérie Fontaine and Nathalie Dion have created a powerful, moving story to help children understand violence in the home — one that ends on a note of hope.

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"The titular fairy tale metaphor delivers a clear note of threat: 'He didn’t need to huff, or puff/ or blow the house down.../ The big bad wolf just walked in the door'.... At last, mother and child escape to a shelter, where the protagonist instantly feels safe. The first-person telling’s candid descriptions of powerlessness, its emotional ramifications, and the prospect of escape all give language to an experience of abuse and let readers in similar circumstances know that they are not alone." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Valérie Fontaine
Illustrator Nathalie Dion
ISBN 1773065017
Publication Date Mar 2, 2021
Publisher Groundwood Books
Language English